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this is bbc news. our top stories: 100,000 people flee their homes in northern syria as turkey steps up its assault against the kurds. new revelations and impeachment enquiry against donald trump. the former us ambassador to ukraine tells investigators that the president wanted her fired. the eu agrees to intensify brexit talks with the uk, but both sides say there is still plenty of work to do. at there is still plenty of work to do. least one dead a out at least one dead as wildfires rage out of control in southern california. 0fficials warned the worst could be to come.
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and one man's marathon mission, can kenyan runner eliud kipchoge break the two—hour barrier in austria? hello and welcome to bbc news. the pentagon has confirmed turkish forces have fired on us forces in kobane, in northern syria. no troops were injured and turkey says it was responding to an attack in the area and didn't intend to target the us. it can only increase tensions, after the turkish offensive against kurdish forces, allied with the us, began on wednesday. there has been heavy fighting and both civilians and dozens of kurdish fighters have lost their lives. turkey wants to create a buffer zone across the syrian border. 0rla guerin has this report from the turkish town of akcakale.
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gunfire. here is turkey's response to international calls for an end to its offensive. its forces continuing to pound north—eastern syria, creating a new landscape of the displaced — 100,000 people and counting, in just three days. but turkey is paying a price. full state honours today for two civilians killed next to the border, seen here as martyrs in operation peace springs. 0ne coffin is child—size — for a baby boy called mohammed, just nine months old. a victim of rocket fire by syrian kurdish forces, their first retaliation for turkey's
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massive assault on them. and here, mohammed's family, joined together in boundless grief. in the cruelest of ironies, they are syrian refugees themselves. little sidra can't hold back her tears. the mufti called on god to give strength to turkey's soldiers and bring a quick victory, with few casualties. then, a finaljourney to the border town of akcakale. at the local mosque, friday prayers became a time of mourning for mohammed, whose family fled syria six years ago. his mother, fatima, gave birth to six girls before having a boy. she said she waited 17 years for her only son.
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now he is gone, and two of her daughters are in intensive care. her husband, hani, battling his grief, his anger directed at banned kurdish separatists in turkey and kurdish militia in syria. translation: i call on god to bring them failure, to block their path, and not to forgive them. well, prayers are being said here now for baby mohammed. when his family came to turkey, they were hoping against hope to find safety. instead, they were caught up in another round of warfare, and mohammed was killed inside his own home. as he was mourned here, other children were being mourned in syria, including a 12—year—old boy killed by a turkish rocket attack yesterday.
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mohammed was taken away for burial, a life cut short that leaves a broken family. back across the border, in syria, a car bomb in the city of qamishli. islamic state said it carried out the attack, which killed at least three civilians. this is just what many have feared and the kurds have predicted — is taking advantage of the chaos caused by turkey's invasion. and tonight, we found more convoys heading for the border, for an operation that has been widely condemned abroad, but is strongly supported at home.
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japan is bracing for one of the strongest storms to hit the country in decades. typhoon hagibis is expected to make landfall near tokyo later on saturday, lashing areas still recovering for another storm last month. heavy rain is also falling in the greater tokyo region, and tens of thousands of homes are without power. talk to our correspondence who is in tokyo, i can see obviously where you are it is raining pretty heavily but what we are expecting from this storm is so we are expecting from this storm is so much bigger, isn't it? that's right, this is a very, very big storm, they are reporting that this is the largest typhoon to strike the tokyo area since 1958, so it really is an enormous storm, it stretches pretty much right now over the whole
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of the japanese archipelago. ahead of the japanese archipelago. ahead of it as it comes up out of the pacific, it is pushing a huge amount of rain, and that is what you can see falling here in tokyo now and further inland, and in central japan, we are seeing predictions of 600 millimetres here today in tokyo, up 600 millimetres here today in tokyo, up to 1000 millimetres down further into centraljapan, up to 1000 millimetres down further into central japan, that up to 1000 millimetres down further into centraljapan, that is an astonishing amount of rain and it is already swelling rivers, we have seen on the local news here in the last hour or so rivers rising very rapidly. but as you say there is a lot more to come, later today the eye of the storm will come on shore south of tokyo over the izu peninsula and write up over the capital, it will hit here about nine o'clock tonight, and that will be packing very strong winds as it comes up packing very strong winds as it comes up along the coast here this evening, destructive winds and rain already flooding, plus winds, there is 20 potential for real damage to
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be done by this storm. and what kind of preparations have been made for the people and for buildings and generally around centraljapan and the rest of japan? generally around centraljapan and the rest ofjapan? i have generally around centraljapan and the rest of japan? i have to say preparations, people have been taking his very seriously. i haven't seen taking his very seriously. i haven't seen anything like this in the years i have lived injapan, the way that people are going shopping, there has been panic buying over the last two days, buying water, milk, instant noodles, clearing the shelves of food really, people have been doing. now from today, from about an hour ago, most of the metro and railway system in greater tokyo area has been completely shut down, the bullet train has been shut down from this morning, both of tokyo's airports are currently pretty much shut down, a few international flights still coming in, but all domestic flights shut down, and then of course all the sporting fixtures, we are in the middle of the rugby world cup, all of those for today, almost for today have been cancelled
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as well. so it is causing a huge amount of disruption and people have really been getting ready for this for the past two days. the former us ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, has told members of congress that she was dismissed over what she called unfounded and false claims by people with questionable motives. she said she was recalled in may due to what she described as "fictitious reports" circulated by allies of donald trump that said she was disloyal to the president. her testimony comes as democrats in congress continue their efforts to learn more about the trump administration's ties to ukraine. the director of the nonprofit organisation the eurasia democracy initiative gave me his view on the day's events. i have known the ambassador ever since she was appointed over two years ago, slightly over two years ago,
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and interviewed her on several occasions, and have always been struck by her diplomatic skill, by her dedication to herjob and by all accounts, she was very good and earnest diplomat. now, from the testimony we heard today which i thought was very bracing in its sheer courage that she showed, unlike many of her colleagues, she fell prey to the shenanigans coming from the white house, specifically on the part of donald trump's personal private attorney, mr giuliani, to try to get some results, to get some pressure against mr trump's main political rival, mr biden, and pressure the ambassador into doing so. when she did not go along with the scheme, they essentially got ukraine's former prosecutor general to open
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an open war against the ambassador, and that has been going on, that had been going on for several weeks, and it was being commended ——commented in the ukrainian press, and so finally she was dismissed and as we heard today she was dismissed for very, very political reasons, not because of ineptitude or incapacity to do herjob. so what do you think happens next than, in all of this? i think there are definitely more shoes to fall, we are hearing the us ambassador to the european union, mr song, will testify and there was donald trump's national security adviser on the region, russia and ukraine, i also know here=, she is a stellar and very solid professional expert diplomat, she is said to be planning to do a very similar testimony to ambassador yovanovitch, and she will say that from the very beginning, mr giuliani has engaged in shadow diplomacy outside the normal protocol,
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and what we got in the end was an illegal process. so what do you think this means in terms of the likelihood of impeachment of the president of the us? i believe the impeachment is almost becoming a necessity for the democrats, now the question is whether they will keep the impeachment enquiry narrow in scope broaden it, as some of the critics are now, of the leadership in congress are saying that they should do. the speaker of congress, ms pelosi is facing a serious decision to make, but i think the impeachment will go ahead, and i still think the republicans in the senate will vote against the ouster of president trump, but it is also changing, and the public opinion which is very important, is swinging firmly in favour of impeachment, and donald trump's ouster.
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in southern california a rush of wildfires has killed at least one person and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. hundreds of structures have been threatened or destroyed as firefighters continue to attempt to control those blazes. the bbc‘s david willis has more from los angeles. winds are fanning the embers, buildings have been destroyed. to the north of america's second—largest city, a major blaze is burning out of control. 1000 firemen are battling to control the saddle ridge fire. but it is a losing battle, fuelled by seasonal so—called santa ana winds, the blaze is moving at a rate of more than 800 acres an hour. at a wildlife centre, these horses got loose, but were corralled. other animals had to be led to safety. but of the 100,000 residents already evacuated, many were forced to leave their pets behind. you could see the flames north of our stable, and when we leave the stable to ride
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into the canyon we go out the back and there is a ridge right there, we call it rattlesnake ridge, and i could see the flames coming over that ridge, i said we have got to go. they won't thinking of this when they named california the golden state. it's ironic that many in the path of the flames had already been making do without electricity, as the power companies cut supply in order to prevent a repeat of last year, when a faulty powerlines sparked deadly infernos amongst the tinder dry brush. the fires have caused traffic chaos, cutting off freeways linking southern california with the rest of the state. yet as a furious battle is waged from the skies above, this malevolent force of nature shows little sign of abating. unless the winds die down over the weekend, officials fear the worst
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may be yet to come. stay with us, still to come, can he runa stay with us, still to come, can he run a marathon amounted to ours? he tries to make history in austria. parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life, but in the marina area where most of the damage was done, they are more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he has gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20—pound bomb which exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken, democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this
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foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they called the 33. and then, bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. the eu has agreed to intensify brexit talks with the uk over the next few days. what it doesn't people have been drilled in the homes are assyria continues an assault against the kurds, there have been new revelations in the piece wind acquiring a cat and trumpet the former us ambassador justifying acquiring a cat and trumpet the former us ambassadorjustifying the president wanted her fired. person
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travers held an agreement signed with china that will see the us postpone and terrify, chinese goods said to come into effect next week. mrtrump said deal said to come into effect next week. mr trump said deal covers agricultural purposes and digital property will be great for both countries. our asia business co nsulta nt countries. our asia business consultant and of the new retail body china going global, he believes it's a limited deal. and not have it is impossible, there has been myself included a lot of pessimism around their deer that any kind of deal or agreement can get done before the end of the year. this is a very positive move in the right direction, limited in nature but it will give the markets, it will give corporations around the world a chance to breathe. but he has to get a sigh of relief and visit the
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foundation for dealing with much larger issues between the two governments and that she was economy is going cold. give us an idea of what the impact is a file on economies of the tariff. what the impact is a file on economies of the tarifflj what the impact is a file on economies of the tariff. i am a confirmed tube loaded free market and i've been saying for the past 18 months there are no winners in trade was, and usually the first people to get hurt other workers and consumers. the impact has been in china, we have seen a lot ofjob losses due to factory closings in the us, for —— impacts have been limited, starting to see higher prices and distress, anything they can back us of that ledge, give the government is a and gauthier should begin issues, is going to be a big win for both published. high retail
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prices, consumer stress, pain win for both published. high retail prices, consumerstress, pain and anxiety, no present troubles people to be experiencing coming up to an election. even before the election year, we are heading to the holiday season, those retailers make 70% of the money during the next coming through markets, and as they don't think the ——he was to be seen as the grinch. if he feels that way now, buyers see rabe things up over the last year and a half? he has been negotiating from a very high position and i think it was see over the last year is president and trump have ramped up the rhetoric, painted themselves into a corner neither was she was in weak front of their respective populations. as so this
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brings an extended, this trade dispute as a trade war months beyond what it could or should have been because of both sides are realising that there is on both economies that will bleed into the global economy into 2020 if we don't take a step back. the step is being taken after a meeting in brussels was described by both sides as constructive. borisjohnson said there was a way to go before a deal could be reached. still a work in progress, but he is trying. and now borisjohnson may, just may, be getting somewhere in sketching out a brexit deal. after his show of optimism, alongside ireland's leader yesterday, today on a school visit,
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it was time to look on the bright side. both of us can see a pathway to a deal, but that doesn't mean it's a done deal. there's a way to go. it's important now that our negotiators, on both sides, get into proper talks. 0ne—to—one, the two leaders had traded ideas, changed the mood, cleared the way for intensive negotiations on terms to be laid on the table behind closed doors. i think, at this stage, probably the less said the better. focus today very much switches to brussels, where secretary of state barclay is going to meet with michel barnier, and i'd anticipate that that will lead to some more detailed proposals being laid down. next stop, brussels. brexit secretary stephen barclay met the eu's chief negotiator today.
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the mood visibly positive, though the path to agreement looks steep. brexit is like climbing a mountain. we need vigilance, determination and patience. are we near the top? but what about the obstacles? he wouldn't say. are you going to negotiate over the weekend? would parties, including boris johnson's dup allies, have a veto over northern ireland's future status? no answers today. northern ireland will be part of future uk trade deals, but the uk might drop plans for customs checks on the island of ireland when there is an eu border there. let me work, please. these are the details that could make or break a deal in tough negotiations, but in cyprus, the eu council president was clear. giving up is not an option. of course, there's no guarantee of success, and the time is practically up. but even the slightest chance must be used. here at westminster, the diaries and calendars for next week are covered in red ink. there is the big eu leaders' summit, then on saturday, a special session of the house of commons. expect a vote on a deal, if there is one, and a push by mps, who want to see brexit decided by another referendum. meanwhile, if there is no agreement,
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even if there is a deal, the prime minister may struggle to avoid another brexit extension. the last thing he wants, a delay, he mayjust have to accept. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. there are my son attempted in under two hours. on saturday 12 october, eliud kipchoge will try to do what no man has ever done before, run a marathon in under two hours. he first tried in 2017 in monza, italy, missing out by less than half a minute. so what is different this time around to allow the kenyan such confidence?
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he will try to run a marathon only under two hours. if a identified 17 missing out by less than half a minute. what is different this time round to allow the canyon confidence? the course is pretty good, it is a straight of 4.4 kilometres, one lap is 9.6 kilometres. very flat. it is also crucially, in the organisers' eyes, less humid than monza, so allowing kipchoge to better regulate his body temperature. the 2017 challenge was sparsely attended and the desire for large crowds to line the route was high up on kipchoge's wish list. i think there will be thousands of spectators there. when you have spectators certainly they are pushing you. he has grown much physically fitter, he is right now in the best shape
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that he could ever be. physically and everything. in monza it was like a boxer going into the ring and he doesn't know what's happening in the ring. either he would be knocked down or he will be successful. but this time i am going to vienna knowing what i will be doing. i believe i can run under two hours. the reason is i have tried before two years ago. this really is a first, it is making history and i know i will get it. he'll be running and just around an hour or so he'll be running and just around an hourorso time, he'll be running and just around an hour or so time, supervision of the best of luck in his efforts to beat
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the world record but make history.
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with ninth century boss of the uk are infor with ninth century boss of the uk are in for some decent weather but in the south were still going to have a little cloud and brand that is happening through the early hours but that also comes milder weather, begins the 12 it landed. saturday brings a further cloud and outbreak of rain from cornwall through
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central southern england to london and passed it is ugly but you can see part two midlands, belfast, glasgow doing fine, five not show her in there, plenty of sun and take a look at centre, totally different feature across northern ireland and cyprus got them, heavier rent to come in the south on the other hand, the cubism is shown on the way. every once in for some rain.
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this is bbc news. these are the headlines. the united nations says 100,000 civilians are being forced to flee their homes in northern syria as turkey continues its offensive against the kurds. turkish warplanes have continued to bomb targets inside syria. turkey's president says he won't halt the military operation, whatever the objections of other countries. there have been new revelations in the impeachment enquiry against donald trump, with the former us ambassador to ukraine testifying that she was removed from her position on the orders of the president. speaking behind closed doors to congress, marie yovanovitch said there had been a concerted campaign against her. a frenchman suspected of killing his wife and four children in 2011 has been arrested at


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